My dog is currently eating puppy purina but he doesn't seem to like it anymore as he likes to dump his bowl and ignore his food. We tried to give him the rachel ray brand hut he got sick. Would be interested to hear any recs.
At 2-8 months we fed our two pups Wellness Complete Health Puppy Food formula, then we switched to Blue Wilderness, then to Costco's Nature's Domain (blue bag with the husky). My former dog, was a Costco dog. Two ingredients, sweet potato and salmon.
I feel like a dog mom diva even saying this, but you could cook him fresh food. That’s what we did for our little guy, and now when he eats bagged food it tends to make him sick. So we stuck with it. We make a batch per week with ground pork, chicken or beef, rice and veggies. I’m sure the cost per meal is much higher, but he really is like a member of the family and I don’t do the math to even bother knowing how much more it is! It’s super easy to cook, there are tons of recipes online, and we even use it to help with food waste (we aren’t going to eat the whole spaghetti squash so it goes in his food, etc). And he eats like a little king and it makes me happy to know it’s all human-grade and mostly organic.
My French bulldog Bertie is an indifferent eater, the only dog I've ever owned who was like this. Makes me crazy when he skips a meal because he's pretty skinny to begin with. The only food that's consistently made the grade for him is NomNom, a "fresh frozen" offering with four different recipes to choose from. Single serving packages get shipped once a month in boxes with easily recyclable insulation.
We just got a new puppy and we have been trying out all the different sample foods and other foods that our pet store recommended. He is crazy over Ziwi brand food. Also, our pet store recommended raw goat milk (they have it specifically for dogs) poured over any dry food and boy does our pup gobble up his food when that is added to it! I am realizing it is not cheap to keep up with the doggie food trends!
I’ll second Liz’s recommendation of NutriSource...we use the grain free varieties. Our labradoodle gets tired of the flavor after a while so we just order a different flavored bag in the line each time and mix together...bingo, happy dog :)
This question was made for me! I went into a deep research hole a few months ago and landed on Royal Canin. Essentially, there's a FDA investigation between grain-free dog food and canine-dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), or canine heart disease, in layman's terms. Here's the FDA investigation: fda.gov/animal-veterinary/o.... It's still ongoing but enough of a potential link that I'd rather go with a grain-ful diet than grain-free.
I also read that the big box brands of Royal Canin, Purina Pro, and Hill's all have in-house vets that do extensive research to make sure their formulation is well-balanced, something that smaller brands might not have the funds to do. Purina is owned by Nestle, which is evil mega-corp, so I try to avoid any brand owned by them and I haven't seen any recalls or issues with Royal Canin so went with them. Cece's been pretty happy on Royal Canin!
We have been great believers in raw food diets. The two that we know the best are Northwest Naturals and Darwins. I'm not sure if either is available in Elgin (I grew up in St Charles and Geneva IL). But I am sure that there is a local source of high quality raw food.
We feed Canine Caviar. The cooking process is different since they don’t use high temperatures like most other dog foods. My dogs have skin and digestive allergies so we buy the limited ingredient and it’s great.